Well gang the Musky are biting and the days are getting short. It is fall.
Water temps are in the mid 60's. The weeds are still very
green, and thick on most lakes. Fishing is picking up as the water
Bass and pike continue to relate to shallow weeds. Weeds on shallow
flats are being used by active fish a couple times a day to feed and as
ambush points. There's lots of baitfish swimming
in the 3-8 foot depths, and the bass are feeding heavily. Floating minnow baits, grubs, jigworms or lipless crankbaits are catching these
fish. On cooler, cloudy days, fishing tight to the weed clumps with
shallow crankbaits, spinnerbaits and buzzbaits can be very good. Bigger
fish can be caught flipping and pitching jigs to weed edges, around docks with deep water or near wood laydowns.
Musky are moving from the deeper water and are holding on the weedlines, an a great place to connect with a fish is an area where you find the
combination of weeds and rock, near where deep and shallow water
converge (ie points and bars that stretch out to deep water) Some nice
fish are being moved off very shallow along rocks, especially later in the afternoons. As the daytime temps continue to cool down, expect the action
to pick up dramatically. Gliders, swimbaits, bucktails and suckers on a
quick strike rig have all been producing.
Bluegills are starting to pile up in weedy areas in 6-12 feet of water.
Plastics tipped with wax worms are your best bets. Be ready to move in
or out depending on conditions, but keepers will be a couple feet above
the edges of deep structure. Expect the crappie to move in as the water
temperature continues to drop, if the weather gets cool this week, areas
with current will see some schools of nice crappies move in.
Walleye are moving shallow in the morning and the evenings.
Minnowbaits, shiners or suckers, or spinner harnesses have been
producing. Look for the most active fish to be in 6-12 FOW early in the mornings and in 10-15 FOW during the day.